The city of Moksha-Banaras

Though referred to by many names (Kasi,Banaras,Varanasi), I would like it to call Banaras because that embodies the true spirit of this small little place on the banks of the Ganga. Excited and elated like a little kid getting a chance to go out, I set out for this mystic place away from the routine tall structures and false city life for a small holiday. Fortunate enough to be accompanied by a friend (also a local to Banaras),i travel in the company of thousands of people finding each available spot in the train to park themselves for the long journey. A usual sight as we get down at the station at dawn, a huge crowd trying to evacuate the station as soon as possible. The now familiar views of a Uttar Pradesh town pushes me into believing that nothing is special about this place too. It lasted for just a few moments till I step into the real Banaras. I tag along with my friend into the small corridors of the old town seeming lost in directions to follow and lost in the views i try to catch as I go along. Pan shops setting up their desks so early, Fresh Jalebis being fried, People carrying along dead bodies with the Ram chants, Tea being served in the kulhads that i thought i would never see again after my childhood. And all this as the city wakes up to a new day. At this instant i knew that i have stepped into a real special place and the excitement in me grew more.

With an exhaustive list of places to be seen already in hand with suggestions from many people, we start out with a sweet morning at Ram Bhandar.The hot Jalebis giving us the perfect start for a pleasant stay. The first place decided by my friend-the world famous Banaras Hindu University (BHU). More because it is where he had studiesJbut before that, we did what every Banarasi does and follow with utmost dedication and religious fervour-chew a Banarasi paan. The whole city represents the culture of the paan chewing people so much that a satellite image would show Banaras in RED not because of the sacredness of the place, but because of the the red juice being spit at every available space. BHU amazes one with its rich history and the vast green cover that it encompasses. With subjects ranging from Sanskrit to astronomy to Medicine to Computer, it represents a university that has evolved over a century and stands testimony to the commitment of its founder-Mr.Madan Mohan Malviya.

The most prominent public places in Banaras are its temples. Every street has its own temple dedicated to the legends of Ramayana (Ram, Hanuman) and Shiva (considered to be the source of Ganga).Hence my next stop is the most famous Hanuman temple of Banaras-Sankat Mochan temple. Not being a hard core religious guy i follow my friend all around the temples and keep pestering him to take me to the Ganga.A ride around the ancient city reveals the intrusion of many parts of the modern life-Malls, Foreign eateries but they fail to cloud the real city that is Banaras.

To be continued…

A dream like never before

 

Human mind knows no Limit. But still what’s the limit for that ‘No Limit’. It would have required a genius to make a movie called “The Inception”. What have had gone through the mind of the writer to write something of the scale of the movie. It was just mind boggling and nerve wrecking to sit through the whole movie with each scene testing the limits of Human imagination. A dream is a simple thing. But how many of us would think of it in a way that Nolan had .How many of us would think so much about a simple thing called an Idea. Probably that’s were the difference between a man and a genius lies. The film in short-A Dream in a Dream in a Dream.

 

The movie revolves around the idea of planting an Idea in someone’s mind. That is done through dreams. Whole of the film may be fiction but even the limits of fiction is just amazing.Rating:5/5.Dont miss this movie for anything.

Poor INDIA….Really???

 

Actually as usual was going through a lot of blog stuff when i came around a organisation called COMPASSION…This organisation works by visiting countries badly in poverty and each member sponsors a child..They sponsor the education and basic stuffs for the poor child…And they have made some trips and sponsored some.Just a excerpt from one of their blog

 

“Our kids write their sponsored children almost every month.  They read the letters they get in return.  They pray for their child and even contribute some of their own money toward their care.  Our kids don’t walk on water.  Not even close. They grumble when something they don’t like hits their plate and say “mine” as much if not more than your kids do. But they’re learning. They know the difference between hungry and starving now. And they can find Ethiopia, India, Uganda and El Slavador on a globe for sure.”

 

 

Was shocked to see INDIA one among the lists like Uganda,Ethiopia and a thinking deeply set in as Is India doing that bad or this is the wat people from foreign countries perceive India to be ???I dont think India has gone to that extent where majority of the people are living for someone to help them out.I do agree that most of the population is poor and they need help in some way to go through life but India as a collective nation of states doesn’t definitely has to appear so poor to others.Every nation has its own share of Poverty bugging them and they try to cope with it.I can show such people in richest of the richest nations too.But why is that India being shown in such bad light.Most foreigners see India as a place for charity where they can pour in their surplus and add their names to the list of Donors.But the real India doesn’t really come to their Eyes.Do they just see Calcutta as India.Whenever i have read such a article the only mentioned Indian state is Calcutta.I agree that worse conditions exist in calcutta and poverty is everywhere there but that is not INDIA.Its just a small part of India.And films like SlumDog have infact made this view of India strong in the minds of those foreigners.It would not be surprising to see a increase in donations after this movie.Its true that India has bad roads ,Houses are small,you don’t find big buildings,But still the truth is people are happy living here.They don’t want to go to places having good roads,Huge buildings,posh areas…And that  is wat that matters the most or should matter the most to any nation. 

 

The truth may be that government in the name of communism has not done enough to uplift the people there(But Communism suggests growth in the interest of all labour and people….Exactly opposite in Calcutta).Is Communism working in such parts .A age when the whole nation or parts of it are seeing major growth and betterment of at-least some lives why are they still clinging on to the old concept of Communism .Don’t know but for the past few days i have been having some really bad examples of Communism.This thinking of mine were further aggravated due to the recent visit to Kerala-one more communist state in India.I do agree Communism has its own benefits but i have seen many negatives rather than positives.

 

 

All views expressed in my blog are personal views and has no resemblance to my working with any organistaion or anyone related to me.

Spot The Indian!

indian-boyJust came upon this article …Very Interesting one.

 

There is a big, wide, glossy world out there benchpressing our idea of what it means to appear Indian.

 From Arunachal Pradesh to Lakshadweep to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to Himachal Pradesh, Indians look extremely different from each other, our lives are extremely different from each other. But if you were a Martian trying to understand India through popular media you would not see this abundance, and you certainly would not believe Dr Majumdar. A Martian would assume from advertisements that Indians are a nation of tall, fair, Hindu, affluent people who live in cities. A Martian would assume that most Indians are only a hair’s breadth away in appearance from white people.

In India, religious and linguistic identity deeply defines political life. The idea of pretending blindness to identity is absurd. However, Indian popular culture does not reflect our wide differences and is increasingly forcing us to present a uniform formulaic face to the world. And to ourselves. Here are some basic rules to understand who the cloned Indian of popular culture is.

RULE 1

All Indians are north Indian unless proven otherwise.
Of the 28 states and seven union territories of India, the people we see in popular culture are broadly from the Hindi-speaking states. South Indians in advertising land — that fictional universe that dominates our imagination and designs our emotions — speak Brahmin Tamil, bear lavish sandalwood paste marks and speak exclusively in a comic manner. In a country where it is a tired cliché that everyone south of the Vindhyas is Madrasi, large swathes are simply invisible.
RULE 2

All Indians are Hindu unless proven otherwise.

RULE 3

All Indians are fair, except when they don’t try.

RULE 4

All Indians live in cities and are rich.
The world of Indians in popular culture is highly aspirational. From the breakfast counters of advertising land’s imagined kitchens to the models walking down streets with French loaves sticking attractively out of shopping bags, much of Indian advertising is hungry for a global romance.

RULE 5

Indians look exactly like Caucasians.

For the full article go here, http://www.tehelka.com/story_main41.asp?filename=Ne210309coverstory.asp

SDM….Next turn!!!

sdmimdProbably the next turn in my circle of life would be joining SDM IMD  soon for doing my MBA.I just got selected and doing the initial formalities.As for the college ,its in mysore amid very scenic location on the way to chamundi hill.Hope this next phase of my life turns out to be a good one with good results:-)